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Hi everyone.

I want to remind you that I am not the only Moderator of this board. A lot of you come to me by DM, which is fine, but not the best way to get a fast response.

The quickest way to get a response is by using the report feature.

Alternatively, here is a list of other Mods you can contact for support:

@Kian Lyla

@Yasmine Lyla

@Amelia Lyla

@Lauren Lyla

@Kayleigh Lyla

@Grace Lyla

These guys will ensure Lyla is moderated 24 hours a day. 

Thanks,

Lydia ❤️ 

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Thanks, Lydia!

 

One thing to re-iterate:

13 hours ago, lydiahardwood said:

The quickest way to get a response is by using the report feature.

If you send a mail to one mod, you'll get a response when the person you chose is next online and has time to deal with it.

But if you use the report feature you'll get a response when *any* of the mods are online and have time to deal with it, which will almost certainly be sooner. That's the "Report post" link that appears in the top-right of each post when you mouse over it in a browser - not sure what it looks like on a phone, alas.

 

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6 hours ago, Phaedrus said:

Thanks, Lydia!

 

One thing to re-iterate:

If you send a mail to one mod, you'll get a response when the person you chose is next online and has time to deal with it.

But if you use the report feature you'll get a response when *any* of the mods are online and have time to deal with it, which will almost certainly be sooner. That's the "Report post" link that appears in the top-right of each post when you mouse over it in a browser - not sure what it looks like on a phone, alas.

 

Exactly this! We had a few issues recently when I took a week off for my birthday and I didn't get back to people quickly, so things escalated. I don't want to let anyone down, so please use the report feature! 

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     For the past two weeks tried unsuccessfully to contact current mods. Used pm, "contact us" without any answers. And from the messages I received, I'm far from the only one.

     I know they visit the forum. Some flagged post were deleted and the Twitter page has regular updates. But not a single public post made here since Lydia left.

     I don't expect anyone to be active like Lydia and other previous mods were, but replying to members would be appreciated. I received a lot of private messages in the past weeks for different concerns and I lack the tools and support to help most.

     Also, knowing where this board is going would be helpful.

     Thank you.

     @Kian Lyla @Grace Lyla @Julie Lyla @Amelia Lyla @Lauren Lyla @Sophie Lyla @Trevor Lyla @Yasmine Lyla @Kayleigh Lyla @Francesca Lyla

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No moderation?

Awesome.

Soon the lunatics will be running the asylum. 😀

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So what happens when you’ve reached out to the mods & have filed reports multiple times with no response 😳 

 

Just curious if there’s anything else to do, or is it just a waiting game now?

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21 minutes ago, East Coast Kimmy said:

So what happens when you’ve reached out to the mods & have filed reports multiple times with no response 😳 

 

Just curious if there’s anything else to do, or is it just a waiting game now?

     @Kian Lyla @Grace Lyla @Julie Lyla @Amelia Lyla @Lauren Lyla @Sophie Lyla @Trevor Lyla @Yasmine Lyla @Kayleigh Lyla @Francesca Lyla

  

     We got 10 "Administrators"....

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1 hour ago, clearbluesky15 said:

Miss Lydia… she brought so much positive energy to the forum.

    I don't want to speculate too much on why she abruptly left/quit.

But if she was left alone to deal with pm's, public questions and more complex situations, I would certainly understand her decision.

    In the ten admins I identified, only two made public posts and none were related to their admin/mod roles.

    I understand nobody wants to take charge and get publicly criticized. But as an admin, it's part of the job. And if none want to do it publicly, the least they can do is answer their pm's,  

    Because right now, I'm the one getting a lot of messages for questions and problems I can't answer or deal with.

 

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Thanks everyone . I have a  stalker who changes my password  every day .  I want to alert  someone so they don"t  think I have lost my mind  .  He has one of those key strokers and I guess he has nothing beter to do with his time . Same thing on Leolist .  This is being going on for a very long time as well as altering my photos and call forwarding my calls to him . 

Leo list says this is a criminal matter and say they will support and help police in any way they can . I'd appreciate opinions on this matter  .

 

Thanks everyone ,

Katherine 

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41 minutes ago, Katherine of Halifax said:

Thanks everyone . I have a  stalker who changes my password  every day .  I want to alert  someone so they don"t  think I have lost my mind  .  He has one of those key strokers and I guess he has nothing beter to do with his time . Same thing on Leolist .  This is being going on for a very long time as well as altering my photos and call forwarding my calls to him . 

Leo list says this is a criminal matter and say they will support and help police in any way they can . I'd appreciate opinions on this matter  .

 

Thanks everyone ,

Katherine 

Tried that service?

Cyberscan - Government of Nova Scotia, Canada

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10 hours ago, Katherine of Halifax said:

Thanks everyone . I have a  stalker who changes my password  every day .  I want to alert  someone so they don"t  think I have lost my mind  .  He has one of those key strokers and I guess he has nothing beter to do with his time . Same thing on Leolist .  This is being going on for a very long time as well as altering my photos and call forwarding my calls to him . 

Leo list says this is a criminal matter and say they will support and help police in any way they can . I'd appreciate opinions on this matter  .

 

Thanks everyone ,

Katherine 


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11 hours ago, Katherine of Halifax said:

Thanks everyone . I have a  stalker who changes my password  every day .  I want to alert  someone so they don"t  think I have lost my mind  .  He has one of those key strokers and I guess he has nothing beter to do with his time . Same thing on Leolist .  This is being going on for a very long time as well as altering my photos and call forwarding my calls to him . 

Leo list says this is a criminal matter and say they will support and help police in any way they can . I'd appreciate opinions on this matter  .

 

Thanks everyone ,

Katherine 

   I see two options:

   The first, Identify him, file for a restraining order and escalate the charges if he doesn't stop.

   The second, shut down affected accounts and stick with regulars for the time being. Not as effective, but can give you some time to find better options.

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11 hours ago, Greenteal said:

In addition to government help, there are some self-help options as well..

1) It could be a hardware key-logger. There are a lot of 'adapter' like things that can send over wifi... example product: https://hak5.org/products/key-croc ... if you think the individual may have had some access to your hardware. 

2) Software: Maybe its good timing to re-install your computer's operating system, or get that new phone you've been looking at.

 

I'd suggest considering replacement of any usb adapters, especially those that connect your keyboard.

 

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15 hours ago, clearbluesky15 said:

In addition to government help, there are some self-help options as well..

1) It could be a hardware key-logger. There are a lot of 'adapter' like things that can send over wifi... example product: https://hak5.org/products/key-croc ... if you think the individual may have had some access to your hardware. 

2) Software: Maybe its good timing to re-install your computer's operating system, or get that new phone you've been looking at.

 

I'd suggest considering replacement of any usb adapters, especially those that connect your keyboard.

 

Thank you very much . I will look . This  is a brand new computer so  no he has not touched it .  Yes its time for a new phone for sure . I'm going  to try a factory reset first and see what that does . 

 

He is one of those wizzards so hard to beat him . Is there  anyting I can buy to keep him out?   This is all so infantile . The other day I found  an app on my phome for the TY in my room . I can  only imagine what that granted him . 

He  also  had a special series on  U tube.  My X _ ife can't cook.  Worse stuff but  I'll my butt kicked off here if i say any more ,. 🙂

Always 

Katherine 

xo

 
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12 hours ago, Katherine of Halifax said:

He is one of those wizards so hard to beat him . Is there  anything I can buy to keep him out?   This is all so infantile . The other day I found  an app on my phone for the TY in my room . I can  only imagine what that granted him . 

 

Yeah, it's unfortunate that you're having to deal with this. I can't speak to his skill, but can say that there's a lot of insecure software out there, so breaking it isn't as hard as it should be... but I digress...

Yes there are things to buy, and marketing claims made regarding effectiveness of defence, and things to buy and marketing claims made regarding effectiveness of attack... a bit of an arms race... 

A couple basic principles though...

1) If they are already in.... its hard to get them out... think cancer... cut deeply and uncomfortably. Typical Anti-malware doesn't catch everything, it catches the most common bugs. If he's touched something... wipe it... wipe it completely.

2) Here are the basics of keeping yourself safe... the CISA guys are great, and they have great advice see link: CISA Best Practices .

For convenience, copied key points here. I took the liberty of adding the word "texts" to the below warning about email. When you see "keep software up to date" that includes your phone. I find Apple's phone easy to update. I'll include this link to consider before you make your next phone purchase to avoid dipping into that particular debate 🙂 : https://www.kaspersky.com/resource-center/threats/android-vs-iphone-mobile-security:

  • Keep software up to date. Install software patches so that attackers cannot take advantage of known problems or vulnerabilities. Many operating systems offer automatic updates. If this option is available, you should enable it. (see Understanding Patches and Software Updates for more information.)
  • Run up-to-date antivirus software. A reputable antivirus software application is an important protective measure against known malicious threats. It can automatically detect, quarantine, and remove various types of malware. Be sure to enable automatic virus definition updates to ensure maximum protection against the latest threats. Note: Because detection relies on signatures—known patterns that can identify code as malware—even the best antivirus will not provide adequate protections against new and advanced threats, such as zero-day exploits and polymorphic viruses.
  • Use strong passwords. Select passwords that will be difficult for attackers to guess, and use different passwords for different programs and devices. It is best to use long, strong passphrases or passwords that consist of at least 16 characters. (See Choosing and Protecting Passwords.)
  • Change default usernames and passwords. Default usernames and passwords are readily available to malicious actors. Change default passwords, as soon as possible, to a sufficiently strong and unique password.
  • Implement multi-factor authentication (MFA). Authentication is a process used to validate a user’s identity. Attackers commonly exploit weak authentication processes. MFA uses at least two identity components to authenticate a user’s identity, minimizing the risk of a cyberattacker gaining access to an account if they know the username and password. (See Supplementing Passwords.)
  • Install a firewall. Firewalls may be able to prevent some types of attack vectors by blocking malicious traffic before it can enter a computer system, and by restricting unnecessary outbound communications. Some device operating systems include a firewall. Enable and properly configure the firewall as specified in the device or system owner’s manual. (See Understanding Firewalls for Home and Small Office Use.)
  • Be suspicious of unexpected emails/texts. Phishing emails are currently one of the most prevalent risks to the average user. The goal of a phishing email is to gain information about you, steal money from you, or install malware on your device. Be suspicious of all unexpected emails. (See Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks.)

One thing that helps folks maintain a 'list' of passwords, per above is a password broker service like LastPass. Otherwise folks find it hard to avoid reusing passwords or making them easy to break.

Hope that helped.

-cbs

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On 4/13/2022 at 12:52 AM, VanessaRivera said:

I don't understand how I haven't gotten a response and it's not clear on where to get one on this board. 

If you look up to the top Greenteal has posted some adminstraters names. I contacted 2 and still  have not heard back . If your problem is not terribly  personal you could post it in  discussion .  I alwasys  get good advice and diffeerent views. I have been here since 2009 and a lot has changed . I hope you get the answers you need .

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On 4/13/2022 at 4:52 AM, VanessaRivera said:

I don't understand how I haven't gotten a response and it's not clear on where to get one on this board. 

As @Katherine of Halifax alludes, responsiveness of admin has gone down a lot since Lydia left. I do find that they took down a 'troll' thread I'd inquired about, but other than that, very little.  BTW: I noticed the website in your signature does not appear to be working... it just redirects to 'secret benefits.'

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3 hours ago, Katherine of Halifax said:

If you look up to the top Greenteal has posted some adminstraters names. I contacted 2 and still  have not heard back . If your problem is not terribly  personal you could post it in  discussion .  I alwasys  get good advice and diffeerent views. I have been here since 2009 and a lot has changed . I hope you get the answers you need .

  Here the latest list of current admins(from 10 to 9):

  @Kian Lyla @Grace Lyla @Julie Lyla @Amelia Lyla @Lauren Lyla@Trevor Lyla @Yasmine Lyla @Kayleigh Lyla @Francesca Lyla

 

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